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Fascial retention sutures. Abdominal surgical wound held together with fascial retention sutures. Retention sutures are used to hold together portions of tissue (here the patient's fascia or connective tissues) tied under tension. In this case, the sutures are being used to contain the abdominal organs and tissues following a major laparotomy (abdominal surgery).
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